Pritchard E, Gidman J.; British Journal of Community Nursing, March 2012

Br J Community Nurs. 2012 Mar;17(3):119-2, 124.

Effective mentoring in the community setting
by Pritchard E, Gidman J.

Source: East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, Cheshire


As nurses, we are expected to demonstrate the linking of theory to practice, undertake continuous assessment and to facilitate reflective practice. Literature suggests that the majority of mentors feel unprepared for the role and lack confidence in their ability to support students (Duffy, 2004). The main challenges facing mentors are understanding the needs of each individual and adapting and developing strategies in order to support them effectively. Whilst there is a major cognitive / intellectual component to mentorship both student and mentor often experience difficulties with these aspects of their roles (Moseley and Davies, 2008).  By recognizing the need to gain insight into the students individual needs mentors will be able to identify any concerns and develop action plans in order to alleviate them.

Available in fulltext at EBSCOhost 

Pope, H: Community Dental Health; March 2012

Community Dent Health. 2012 Mar;29(1):5-7.

This article ‘A description of a specialist led primary care based oral surgery service’, was written by Heather Pope.

Heather is Clinical Director for Dental Services, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre, Dunwoody Way, Crewe, Cheshire,
CW1 3AW, UK.


To describe the establishment of a referral only oral surgery service in a primary care setting together with the challenges, benefits and successes of the service.


In 1994 waiting times for hospital for oral surgery and maxillofacial procedures were unacceptably long. A proposal to establish a primary care oral surgery service aimed to complement the hospital-based service, reduce treatment delays.


Referrals commenced immediately in response to a managed launch with local dentists recognising the service as a source of expedient and convenient treatment for their patients. The service now treats up to 1300 patients per year.

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Gower, A, Nursing Standard Jan 2012

This article entitled ‘Healthy Ageing’ was recently published in the Nursing Standard, January 2012, vol./is. 26/18(59-60), 0029-6570;0029-6570 (2012 Jan 4-10)

Publication Type: Journal Article

Available in fulltext at EBSCOhost (NHS Evidence)
Available in fulltext at ProQuest

Available in print at Staff Library Service Macclesfield District General Hospital; Note: Imperfect

St Christopher’s Hospice – valuable end of life information

Vol 2 Issue 1 of The End of Life Journal is now available free online from St Christopher’s Hospice

Our thanks to Dr Trevor Rimmer for bringing this to our attention. You may have already signed up to it but if not registration is needed, but it is free.

Clinical review

Nursing case review

Clinical skills

Personal narrative

Legal discussions

National End of Life Care Programme update

See End of Life Care Information website at:

Information overload – or feeling left behind!! We can help

If you work in any of the areas listed below and are interested in staying up-t0-date as effortlessly as possible then we have a new service coming shortly.

For further information please contact or – marking your email Staying up-to-date.

  • Anaesthesia and Critical Care
  • Breast Feeding
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Children and Young People 
  • COPD 
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Care
  • End of Life
  • Falls Prevention
  • Health Management
  • Immunisation
  • Infection Control
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nursing
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patient Experience
  • Patient Safety
  • Rheumatology
  • Stroke

AQuA- advancing quality alliance webinars

The Trust is a member of AquA  who are providing a series of free web seminars starting from Friday 27 April. Please ensure you sign up first at the AQuA membership portal to access resources.


Demand Management WebEx: Urgent and Emergency Care – Friday, 27 April 2012
Urgent and Emergency Care – the national policy context and A&E quality standards, the first year. The guest speaker is Dr Matthew Cooke, Department of Health National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care.

AQuA Improvement Methodologies (AIM)
Cohort 9 (May – July 2012)
Booking closes 25 May 2012
The AQuA Improvement Methodology programme is geared at front line staff/operational leaders in member organisations wanting to gain an introduction to the fundamentals and concepts of quality improvement. Suitable for staff with a basic knowledge of quality improvement tools or for experienced staff wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills.
Book online

Long Term Conditions Update
A monthly update, which covers the AQuA LTC programme.

Mental Health Update
Issue 2 – A monthly update, which covers the AQuA MH programme.

Dementia Improvement Weekly Planner

Risk Stratification Monthly Webex
Stratifying the whole population according to their risk of high intensity health and social care utilisation is a key driver to improve the quality of care for people living with Long Term Conditions.

Advancing Quality Heart Failure/CABG collaboratives
Advancing Quality is hosting two collaboratives on Monday 23rd April 2012 – one focusing on heart failure and one focusing on Coronary Artery Bypass Graph (CABG). Both events will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across theNorth West in heart failure and CABG care.

Advancing Quality Orthopaedic collaborative
We are inviting you and your AQ orthopaedic team to this Advancing Quality orthopaedic collaborative learning session seven on Tuesday 15 May 2012. The meeting will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across theNorth West in orthopaedic care.

Advancing Quality Stroke collaborative
We are inviting you and your AQ stroke team to this Advancing Quality stroke collaborative on Tuesday 29 May 2012.
The meeting will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across theNorth West in stroke care.